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Chris S.

Chris S.

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Not Bad for the Price

Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30 Watts 2.1 3 Piece Flat Panel Design Subwoofer & Satellite Speaker System
Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30 Watts 2.1 3 Piece Flat Panel Design Subwoofer & Satellite Speaker System

Pros: Cheap, don't sound too bad for what you pay, simple setup for someone that just wants to plug it in and go.

Cons: -Sub accounts for a large portion of low-middle range -Single signal wire vs. dedicated signal for sub and satellites. Means you can't effectively control them separately. Even on-board audio allows you to do this nowadays. -As per above, since there is only one signal wire, there is no true "sub control" on the pod. There is only a "bass" knob which also seems to affect the satellites. -Not fond of the lack of grille on the satellites.

Overall Review: I bought these for my girlfriend's modest general use desktop after reading a few reviews online. Overall, they do what they're supposed to do. They don't sound bad with one caveat: they sound better the further you sit from them. The sub especially has more effectiveness the further away it is and the less obstructed the path to your ears. If you set the bass to your liking while seated at the desk, and the sub is sitting under your desk, you will notice if you walk away that it's a little obnoxious and boomy. With that said, there is definitely a sweet spot to where the bass can be set. Raise above that spot and it muddies the sound. Below that point the bass is too weak. This is one thing you will notice about more expensive sets. You have way more freedom in your desired level of bass before it starts to seriously sacrifice sound quality. It does sound pretty good at that sweet spot, though. It's a good balance of bass, but that's what you're effectively limited to. Just for reference, I have a very expensive, well tuned setup in my car. I have a definite set of preferences when it comes to audio. These neither disgust me or impress me. That's actually a compliment to a set of speakers at this price point.

Good upgrade to the U21414H

Dell UltraSharp U2417H 24" IPS 1080P, 8ms (GTG), DP, HDMI, USB, Tilt, Height Adjustable, Swivel, VESA Compatible
Dell UltraSharp U2417H 24" IPS 1080P, 8ms (GTG), DP, HDMI, USB, Tilt, Height Adjustable, Swivel, VESA Compatible

Pros: - No more capacitive buttons on the front panel - Ultra thin bezel - Calibrated from the factory - Dell's fantastic Ultrasharp line monitor stand

Cons: - none

Overall Review: I bought this as part of a Christmas build for my mother. My fiance uses two of the older model U2414H's, so I decided to jump on this one as a newer model of a go-to monitor for family builds that don't require a higher resolution than 1080p. Overall, it's the same great monitor, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that Dell opted to switch to under-bezel power/etc buttons this time around. It's probably the only thing I didn't like about last gen Dell monitors in general. The U2414H's had them and my own U3415W has them as well. If you're in the market for a solid 1080p, IPS monitor that won't break the bank, this is it. They're great monitors and nothing I've found in the same price range can touch the versatility of Dell's Ultrasharp stands when coupled with other features like the built in USB hub, ultra thin bezel and factory calibration with included test sheets.

Fantastic cooler

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB XTREME GAMING OC EDITION, GV-N98TXTREME-6GD
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB XTREME GAMING OC EDITION, GV-N98TXTREME-6GD

Pros: Card is amazingly quiet. In my case a foot from my right ear on top of the desk, I can't even hear it when gaming. When I quit a game, I can barely hear it running as it slowly winds down and cools off until the fan stop kicks in again for desktop use. Runs Rise of the Tomb Raider that came bundled fantastic on 3440x1440 res.

Cons: Some people say it doesn't OC well. No matter to me, personally. I bought it to plug in and go. If you don't want to fuss with OC'ing the card it's a non-issue.

Overall Review: I came from a 7950 with a vendor aftermarket cooler that was advertised as "low noise". I think they need to have a talk with Gigabyte and see what low noise really means, because this is a flagship GPU that easily blows their cooler out of the water from a sound level standpoint. Couldn't be happier with this card. It may have been expensive but I can't even put a price tag on the vastly improved gaming experience it has provided.

Beast card for the money

MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC
MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC

Pros: -Overclocks like mad even on stock voltage (think I got a golden one) -7970 PCB as most here have stated -Very efficient (temps & power draw) -Excellent value (especially when overclocked)

Cons: -Fan is annoying loud past 50% or on auto (obviously subjective, but to me it's almost intolerable past 50%. I keep it at a constant 45%. This yields temps of around 70*C on the core and close to that on VRM's. Although I will note that temps barely increase at OC'd settings when using stock voltage. -Overclocking potential can be limited by noise tolerance per above.

Overall Review: ASIC quality was 89.4%. My particular card has stock voltage set at 1.18v. At this voltage, I can max out the clocks in Afterburner (1100mhz core, 1575mhz RAM) with zero artifacts, tested with Heaven, Kombuster and hours of Farcry 3 or BF3. Haven't tried unlocking voltage because honestly it's more than enough for me at even it's shipping clocks. Overclocking was easy and painless, while putting this card in spitting range of much more expensive options.

VERY good case for the money

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I have built PC's for over a decade, and I can honestly say that this case is the nicest case I've ever used. I have recently retired the case, only because I shifted to watercooling and it is obviously not built for a performance multi-rad setup. I still have it sitting in the closet for my next air build because I will go back to it in a heartbeat. I paid full retail for mine and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again (sorry if this constitutes price talk, but it's true; the case is worth much more than its price tag).

Cons: The only con I have with this case is that the 4/8-pin hole at the top of the MB tray (so you can run the power lead behind the board) is a tad small and obstructed by a support. It takes some finesse and patience to get an 8-pin through, so plan ahead for that and run your PSU's 4/8pin before you install the MB. Another user noted that the cutout for rear HSF access was too small. This wasn't the case for me, but I'm sure that it could wind up unusable for some people.

Overall Review: Here are some tips for the case: 1) Turn the HDD bay so that the plugs for the HDD's face you as you look into the case. Wiring tidyness increases, and I have tried both orientations. Both gave the same exact temps on the HDD's. 2) The stock fans aren't bad, but you can gain a good bit of cooling power by swapping them out with better ones for cheap. I recommend Yate Loon mediums which I use, and they can be found in many LED colors. Be aware though that both YL's and the stock fans are sleeve bearing fans, and they will die quicker in the top area when mounted horizontally. 3) If you need a bit more cooling power and are in a low-dust area, flipping the top 140mm fans to intake can help you gain some cooling power. GPU, PSU, HDD temps remained the same for me, but VREG and CPU temps dropped by up to 4 degrees. Dust actually decreased for me due to positive pressure with the top fans in an intake orientation. Enjoy this great case!

12/29/2011

Decent combo

Logitech Wave Pro Desktop Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless  Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Logitech Wave Pro Desktop Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo

Pros: Keyboard is very quiet and has a great feel to the keys. Loads better than the usual Logitech keyboards that I've had. Older models seem to cause a lot of struggle with keys having to be pressed directly downward. Otherwise they become hard to press, sometimes not moving at all until the angle of the press is changed. Definitely improvement here Logitech. Wireless seems to work fine for me, no missed keystrokes or jerky mouse movement (see Other Thoughts for some extra observances on this.) Mouse has a great feel to the body and lots of nice features. As much as I thought it would be pointless, the DPI switch really does come in handy sometimes. Charging cord was a brilliant idea. Can't count how many times my rechargeable has died mid-gaming and I've had to hook up a backup mouse.

Cons: Buttons on the side are placed too far back. In my opinion, it would be better to have them a bit more forward on the mouse body. I don't have large hands but they're a bit difficult to press sometimes. The app switch in the mouse could be useful, but again, hard to get to without awkwardly twisting your hand on the mouse. The keyboard is generally great. However the "padded" wrist area could use some work. First of all, it's not really padded at all. It gives a little, but not much. Second, it's too slick. My wrists actually want to slide off of it a lot, and that's very annoying when typing. If you sit down for long typing sessions, eventually the sweat buildup on the base of your palm will cause your wrist to stick to it a little better (as gross as that is, lol). Mouse takes some getting used to. Worlds apart from my MX1000 (Please bring this back Logitech!). The scroll wheel works well, but tends to feel rather flimsy. Free-scroll works, but often rolls backwards after you s

Overall Review: I was worried about the many complaints of poor reception on this unit. I have experienced none so far and I do use the receiver on the motherboard backplate. However, my case has a bottom-mounted PSU, so if the PSU is possibly part of the problem with reception, I can say that having a bottom-mounted PSU alleviates the issue. One other minor quirk with the unit is the base of the mouse. I have no idea why this happens, but I have issues with my mouse skidding freely across my mouse pad. Using the mouse on the desk works fine, but for some reason on several mouse pads I own, the mouse seems to want to get hung up on the smallest little imperfections in the pad. I am extremely picky when it comes to my KB/Mice. Overall I would say this is a good combo, and most of you probably won't have issues with what I've listed here, but for those like me, I wanted to give a strict personal review. The MX3100 set was by far my favorite Logitech, but this comes pretty close.